This Cranberry Kale Quinoa Salad with Candied Pecans and Feta is the perfect Fall salad! Tender kale, tart cranberries, creamy feta, and nutty quinoa are tossed in a super simple vinaigrette and topped with buttery homemade candied pecans.
Sometimes you just need a big green superfood salad in your face.
Especially when the holiday season is about to hit aaaaaaaand you have a cute party dress that needs to fit less like a sausage casing and more like a glove. Yes I’m 110% talking from experience here. It’s only October already have several shindigs scheduled this year PLUS our annual USMC Birthday Ball and ohmygosh guys, I need to get my act together!
We’ll still be partaking in our regularly scheduled cheesiness all season long but mama needs some salad in her face too! #balance
Anyways! Back to the salad! It’s super duper healthy but thanks to a kiss of sweetness from the cranberries and pecans, it’s still totally fun and beyond flavorful! My goal is to make salads that people actually want to eat. Love to eat. Need to eat.
I absolutely positively want/love/need this salad….
Take-out inspired Spinach Mushroom Leek Long Life Noodles tossed in the most amazing homemade sesame sauce. Pair with your favorite protein, or enjoy all on it’s own as a tasty vegan/vegetarian main or side!
I have a bit of an obsession with creating totally crave-worthy take out dishes at home.
It’s much quicker than rushing out to the nearest restaurant or waiting in agony over a slower-than-molasses delivery to finally show up. Also, DIY-ing my favorite Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes at home is exponentially kinder to my wallet, which quite audibly weeps any time I try to dial up dinner out of sheer laziness.
We’ve mostly stuck to the same tried and true favorites in heavy rotation, such as my Szechuan Shrimp and Broccoli (a must-try!) and Sweet Chili Sriracha Salmon. Ooh! I’m also really batty over this One-Pot Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup which is beyond cheating since I use miso soup packets as my base. But hey, it’s super cheap and loaded with veggies so it’s an offense we can easily overlook right?
For those of you who want to make this by raiding your pantry for what you have on hand, or for those who don’t have access to long life noodles, feel free to sub your favorite alternatives. Ramen, Lo Mein, Udon, and a variety of other noodles work great as a last minute swap. For those of you who make their own pasta…